ape-man


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ape-man

(āp′măn′)
n.
1. Any of various extinct primates considered to be close relatives or ancestors of modern humans and having some characteristics of nonhuman apes. Not in scientific use.
2. A brawny or crude man.

ape-man

(ˈeɪpˌmæn)

n., pl. -men.
1. a hypothetical primate representing a transitional form between true humans and the anthropoid apes, considered by some as constituting the genus Australopithecus.
2. a human assumed to have been reared by apes.
[1875–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ape-man - hypothetical organism formerly thought to be intermediate between apes and human beingsape-man - hypothetical organism formerly thought to be intermediate between apes and human beings
primitive, primitive person - a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization
2.ape-man - a person assumed to have been raised by apesape-man - a person assumed to have been raised by apes
feral man, wild man - a person who is not socialized
References in classic literature ?
The little pink sloth-creature was still blinking at me when my Ape-man reappeared at the aperture of the nearest of these dens, and beckoned me in.
as I came in, and my Ape-man stood in the dim light of the doorway and held out a split cocoa-nut to me as I crawled into the other corner and squatted down.
I was so shocked at the sudden and strange appearance of this ape-man that I hesitated whether I should not climb down again and tell my experience to my companions.
But before they discussed the details of my map I had to tell them of my encounter with the ape-man among the branches.
How may we judge him, by what standards, this ape-man with the heart and head and body of an English gentleman, and the training of a wild beast?
They cooked their meat before they ate it and they shunned many articles of food as unclean that Tarzan had eaten with gusto all his life and so insidious is the virus of hypocrisy that even the stalwart ape-man hesitated to give rein to his natural longings before them.
With him were a score of his ebon warriors, but far too slow for the ape-man was the progress of these trained and hardened woodsmen.
But however keen the senses of the ape-man, however swift his progress through the wild country of his adoption, however mighty the muscles that bore him, he was still mortal.
His mind revolved many memories, recalled by the escape of his arch-enemy from the French military prison to which he had been sentenced for life upon the testimony of the ape-man.
Tarzan had recently brought his wife and infant son to London to escape the discomforts and dangers of the rainy season upon their vast estate in Uziri--the land of the savage Waziri warriors whose broad African domains the ape-man had once ruled.
The ape-man swore softly, and let his coat and shirt sink into the Atlantic.
So absorbed was the ape-man in speculation as to the purpose of the covered pit that he permitted the blacks to depart in the direction of their village without the usual baiting which had rendered him the terror of Mbonga's people and had afforded Tarzan both a vehicle of revenge and a source of inexhaustible delight.